Kyiv has warned on Thursday that they have “intercepted” plans by “Russian intelligence” to destroy Moldova and “establish control” over the country.
The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday that he has been in contact with the Moldovan President Maia Sandu over Moscow’s plans, but is it not know when the intelligence intercepts took place.
Moldova’s national intelligence agency warned in December that Vladimir Putin could be set to launch an offensive to create a land corridor through southern Ukraine to the pro-Russian backed breakaway region of Transnistria.
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In the breakaway region of Transnistria Moscow established around 1,500 troops as “peacekeepers” in the area.
President Zelensky told EU leaders, “I have informed [Sandu] her that we have intercepted the plan of the destruction of Moldova by the Russian intelligence.”
He told the leaders in Brussels that Ukrainian intelligence showed “who, when and how” Moscow’s plan would “break the democracy of Moldova and establish control over Moldova.”
Just last week the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he believes the West are wanting to turn Moldova into “another Ukraine.”
In January an armada of warships loaded with troops and submarines carrying cruise missiles were mobilised in the Black Sea sparking fears Russia could “possibly” attempt an assault on Moldova.
In October Moldova’s airspace was violated by Russia as three cruise missiles flew through from the Black Sea to Ukraine.
Moldova’s Deputy Prime Minister Nicu Popescu has summoned the Russian ambassador to provide an explanation as to why their airspace was violated which is a breach of international law.
Popescu blasted Vladimir Putin for breaching their airspace to commit atrocities in Ukraine and condemns the violation in the “strongest possible terms.”
Moldova’s Foreign Minister tweeted, “Three cruise missiles launched on Ukraine this morning from Russian ships in the Black Sea crossed Moldova’s airspace.
“I instructed that Russia’s ambassador be summoned to provide an explanation.”